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The Cosmetics Industry: Still Going After a Thousand Cuts

I have been in the cosmetics industry for nearly 45 years, and for 18 of them, I have written about regulations for Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine. Sadly, this will be my penultimate column, and a reflection of my time in the industry.

Voluntary Registration of Cosmetics and 2007 Frequency of Preservative Use

This report details recent trends in preservative use based on VCRP data submitted to the FDA by manufacturers. The author encourages companies to participate in this program to build credibility for self-regulation and to protect their own business interests.

Keeping Cosmeceuticals Cosmetic

Global demand for cosmeceuticals continues at an explosive rate and the discovery of antiaging medical interventions, coupled with new functional active ingredients, provides a fertile innovation ground for product developers. This paper discusses current scientific and regulatory affairs to take into consideration for the successful commercialization of cosmeceutical products.

Canada, California and Congress: The Three C’s of New North American Regulatory Concern

On April 26, 2008, Canada released new Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) requirements. These requirements are aligned with the current California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements in which companies that emit VOCs are required to register and maintain VOC records for five years.

W.S. Badger Recalls Baby/Kids Sunscreen Due to Compromised Preservatives

W.S. Badger Co. Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Lotion and one lot of its 4-ounce SPF 30 Kids Sunscreen Lotion due to microbial contamination that stems from a compromised preservative system.

When Ingredient Alarm Leads to the Courtroom

The personal care industry has experienced growing consumer interest in the ingredients its products contain. This interest has resulted in better responsibility and safety among cosmetic manufacturers; however, it also has produced elevated concerns over potentially harmful ingredients.

FDA Publishes its Draft Guidance for Cosmetic GMPs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its Draft Guidance for Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), an update to its Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Guidelines/Inspection Checklist, mostly to include ISO 227 16:2007 as part of an effort to harmonize GMPs internationally.

Cosmetics Registration in California and the FDA's Electronic-only Drug Registration

The stars where poorly aligned on June 15, 2009, when California finally issued its registration procedure and forms for the California Safe Cosmetics Act of 2005. At the same time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moved to an electronic-only filing system for drug registrations. These two changes have created significantly more work for the personal care industry—and with questionable benefits.

Regulatory Review—Labeling Alcohol, Alcohol Denat. and Booze

Alcohol is a complex regulatory issue that confuses many chemists and marketers, as well as regulatory experts, as to the permitted grades, required uses and proper labeling—which vary by country. This confusion can lead to use of the wrong denaturants and levels, custom holds on imports and exports, and consumer misuse. The regulation of alcohol rarely changes but these problems remain.

The Impact of Junk Science on R&D: A Review of the 'Dirty Dozen'

Last spring, the David Suzuki Foundation, an environment conservation group based in Vancouver, published a report online describing what it called the “dirty dozen” cosmetic ingredients consumers should avoid. The group went so far as to provide a downloadable pocket guide of the 12 ingredients for consumers to use when they shop to avoid purchasing products containing these ingredients.

Cosmetic Ingredient and Regulatory Update: The Ugly, the Good and the Bad

This review takes a look at updates to ingredient regulations as of the first quarter in 2012. While “the ugly” refers to the EU Chemical Agency’s (ECHA’s) release of the first ingredients to be evaluated under REACH, the good news relates to the battle in Canada to save D5. “The bad” are the state of California’s addition of three ingredients to the Proposition 65 list, as well as Health Canada’s caution against labeling using generic terms.

From California to Colorado: Three Battles Against Cosmetics

In 2004, State Assemblyperson Judy Chu (D–Monterey Park, CA) fired the first bullets at the cosmetics industry by introducing a bill in California to ban certain ingredients from all cosmetics sold in the state.

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